A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf. An extended essay from a series of lectures. "Give her a room of her own and five hundred a year, let her speak her mind and leave out half that she now puts in, and she will write a better book one of these days.
A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway. A story of a wounded American lieutenant in the ambulance corps during the Italian campaigns of WWI. It is semi-autobiographical, capturing some of Hemingway's own relationship with nurse Agnes Von Kurowsky.